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Ruling On NYC Disaster Plans For Disabled May Have Far Reach

A federal judge has ruled that New York City didn't do enough to protect residents with disabilities when Superstorm Sandy hit last year. The city is widely considered a leader in disaster response, so the ruling is likely to prompt cities around the country to re-evaluate their own plans.
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How A California Law To Encourage Vaccination Could Backfire

The number of children skipping vaccines has been rising, raising concerns about outbreaks of measles and other infections diseases. A California law designed to encourage parents to get information before deciding about vaccination has been complicated by the governor's addition of an exemption for members of religious groups.
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When Caregivers Are Abusers: Calif. Complaints Go Unanswered

California public health officials have allowed abuse complaints against nurse assistants and home health aides to linger for years, even when they involve severe injuries or deaths.
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Five Things That Have Gone The Way Of Blockbuster

As the video rental store closes its last doors, Weekend Edition takes a look at other once-ubiquitous things that have disappeared, or are well on their way.
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The Losingest Texas Football Team

The Scarborough High School football team has lost 45 games in a row, in a streak stretching back to September of 2009. If they lose Saturday, the seniors will graduate without having won a single game. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with coach Jayson Merren and senior Justin Steward about persevering when winning is a long shot.
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Severely Burned Marine Finds Strength In Nascent Marriage

Anthony Villarreal and his wife, Jessica, had to rebuild their lives after an explosion almost killed Anthony in Afghanistan. "I didn't even recognize myself," Anthony says, though his new wife was determined to be there for him throughout the painful process.
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Asian-American Lawyers Act Like '22 Lewd Chinese Women'

A cast of lawyers and a federal judge in New York City perform dramatic re-enactments of historic trials involving Asian-Americans. Their latest production, 22 Lewd Chinese Women, focuses on a 19th-century Supreme Court case with parallels to present-day immigration debates.
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Many Rooting For Down-On-Its-Luck Detroit And Its New Mayor

Detroit this week elected Mike Duggan as its new mayor. The longtime county official and successful businessman, hard-charging and pugnacious, will lead a city rich in history and culture — and which just filed for bankruptcy. Don Gonyea, who calls the city home, ponders the challenges facing Duggan and Detroit.
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Don't Read Virginia Result As Pro-Choice: It's Anti-Extreme

The characterization of Democrat Terry McAuliffe's gubernatorial win in Virginia as a women-driven rejection of the GOP position on abortion is too pat, analysts say: Voters were saying no to an extreme candidate.
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Navy Yanks Admirals' Access To Classified Material

Two of the nation's top naval intelligence officers, Vice Adm. Ted Branch and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, have had their access to classified material suspended in connection with a bribery scandal involving a Singapore-based contractor.

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